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Abd El Rahman M. Harraz Seeds, Medicinal, and Medical Plants
Near the Museum of Islamic Arts is this fantastic shop (with Bab...
Stores / Malls Islamic Cairo South
 
Al-Azhar Mosque and University
Originally built in AD 970 by the conquering Fatimid caliph al-Mu'iz...
Religious Sites, Educational Institutions Islamic Cairo South
 
Al-Ghuriyya
This medieval landmark stands on either side of Shar'a al-Mu'iz...
Castles / Palaces, Memorials / Monuments Islamic Cairo South
 
Al-Rifa'i Mosque
Although it appears neo-Mamluk in style, this mosque was not...
Religious Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Bab al-Futuh
To the left, inside the entrance to the is a small passageway...
Architectural Sites, Viewpoints Islamic Cairo North
 
Bab al-Nasr
This gate is similar to Bab al-Futuh, except that two square...
Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Bab Zuwayla
Built in 1092, this is one of three remaining gates of Fatimid...
Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo South
 
Banque Misr
Colonial Cairo emulated the French, was run by the British, and...
Architectural Sites Downtown and Bulaq
 
Bayt al-Suhaymi
Considered the best example of domestic Islamic architecture...
Houses / Mansions, Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Ben Ezra Synagogue
Originally the Church of Saint Michael, the synagogue is named...
Religious Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Chaar-Hachamaim Synagogue
This unusual concrete block with a subtle art nouveau floral...
Religious Sites Downtown and Bulaq
 
Church of Saint Barbara
Named for a young Nicodemian woman who was killed by her pagan...
Religious Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Church of Saint Mercurius
Yet another Roman legionary, Mercurius, or Abu Sayfayn ("of the...
Religious Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Church of Saint Sergius
Known in Arabic as 'Abu Serga, this church is dedicated to two...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
The Citadel
Until Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi arrived in Cairo in 1168, local...
Museums / Galleries, Religious Sites, Architectural Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Complex of Amir Shaykhu
Flanking Shar'a Saliba, this mosque and khanqah were built by...
Religious Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Complex of Qalaun
One of the early Mamluk rulers of Egypt, Mansur Qalaun was originally...
Architectural Sites, Memorials / Monuments Islamic Cairo North
 
Convent of Saint George
This convent's namesake holds a special place in the hearts of...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Coptic Museum
Housing the world's largest collection of Coptic Christian artwork...
Museums / Galleries Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
The Egyptian Antiquities Museum
On the north end of Maydan Tahrir, this huge neoclassical building...
Museums / Galleries Downtown and Bulaq
 
Gayer-Anderson Museum
Also known as Bayt al-Kiritliya, the museum consists of two Ottoman...
Museums / Galleries The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Groppi
On the western edge of Maydan Tala'at Harb, recognizable by the...
Restaurants Downtown and Bulaq
 
The Hanging Church
Known in Arabic as al-Muallaqah ("the suspended"), the church...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
House of Gamal al-Din al Dhahabbi
The second right after al-Ghuriyya along al-Mu'iz leads to a...
Houses / Mansions Islamic Cairo South
 
Khan al-Khalili
The Khan has been a marketplace since the end of the 14th century...
Markets / Bazaars Islamic Cairo North
 
L'Orientaliste
This small, unostentatious bookstore is one of the world's premier...
Stores / Malls Downtown and Bulaq
 
Madrasa and Mausoleum of Sultan al-Salih al-Ayyubi
Although it does not appear to be very significant from the street...
Architectural Sites, Memorials / Monuments Islamic Cairo North
 
Madrasa and Mausoleum of Taghribardi
This small but impressive complex was built in 1440 by the executive...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Madrasa of al-Nasir Muhammad
Considered the greatest Mamluk sultan, al-Nasir ruled on three...
Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Madrasa of Mithqal
This beautifully restored Mamluk madrasa, which is built in a...
Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Madrasa of Sarghatmish
Completed in 1356 by the emir who succeeded Shaykhu, Sarghatmish...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Madrasa of Sultan al-Zahir Baybars I
Al-Zahir Baybars' reign (1260–77) marked the real beginning of...
Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Mosque and Madrasa of Barquq
The first of the Circassian Mamluk Sultans, Barquq assumed power...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Mosque and Tomb of Qijmas al-Ishaqi
Restored in the early part of the 20th century, this complex...
Religious Sites, Memorials / Monuments Islamic Cairo South
 
Mosque of ‘Amr Ibn al-'Aas
Built in 642 following the conquest of Egypt, this was the first...
Religious Sites Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Mosque of al-Aqmar
The name of the mosque means "the moonlit" and refers to the...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Mosque of al-Hakim
Originally built in AD 1010 by the Fatimid Khalifa (caliph) al-Hakim...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Mosque of Altunbugha al-Maridani
Built by a son-in-law of Sultan Nasir al-Muhammad who died at...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo South
 
Mosque of Ibn Tulun
This huge congregational mosque was built in 879 by Ahmad Ibn...
Religious Sites, Architectural Sites The Citadel and Sayyida Zaynab
 
Mosque of Mu'ayyad Shaykh
The Sultan Mu'ayyad chose this site because he was once imprisoned...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo South
 
Mosque of Wazir al-Salih Tala'i
Built in 1160, this is one of the last Fatimid structures constructed...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo South
 
Museum of Islamic Arts
Too often overlooked, this is one of the finest museums in Cairo...
Museums / Galleries Islamic Cairo South
 
Nilometer
At the southern end of Rodah Island, al-miqyas (the Nilometer)...
Architectural Sites, Memorials / Monuments Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Old Red-Light District
Although the area around Shar'a Clot Bey is now rather conservative...
Historic Districts / Sites Downtown and Bulaq
 
Palace of Bishtak
Bishtak was a wealthy amir who married one of Sultan al-Nasir...
Castles / Palaces Islamic Cairo North
 
Qa'a of Muhhib al-Din
Halfway up a street called Shar'a Bayt al-Qadi, on the west side...
Houses / Mansions, Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdul Rahman Katkhuda
Katkhuda is a Persian word meaning "master of the house." The...
Architectural Sites, Memorials / Monuments Islamic Cairo North
 
Sayyidna al-Husayn Mosque
One of the holiest sites in Egypt, the mosque was originally...
Religious Sites Islamic Cairo North
 
Sednaoui
A spectacular building modeled on a store in Paris, Sednaoui...
Stores / Malls Downtown and Bulaq
 
St. David Building
Founded in the 1880s by a Welshman as the Davies Bryan department...
Architectural Sites Downtown and Bulaq
 
Tomb of Sulayman al-Faransawi
Sulayman, a Frenchman, was born Octave de Sèves in Lyons, France...
Architectural Sites, Memorials / Monuments Coptic Cairo (Mari Girgis)
 
Trieste
Designed by the architect of the Banque Misr but even more intriguing...
Architectural Sites Downtown and Bulaq
 
Wikala of al-Ghuri
This handsome building with its strong, square lines seems almost...
Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites Islamic Cairo South
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